Meet the TeamAt the heart of the Felton Fundraising family
‘When I established Felton Fundraising in 1995 with Sarah little did I know that it would still be raising much need funds over 25 years later and have successfully secured over £40 million! We’ve seen so many charities thrive and count it a real privilege to be part of their work and the fact that they’re changing people’s lives for the better.
When I’m not fundraising I enjoy walking Stella and Daisy our two Labradors with Sarah and taking time out. I also enjoy keeping fit and love a good movie. I’m a bit of a petrolhead and an active member of Kings Lynn & District Motor Club where I can on occasion be seen marshalling and competing in clubman motorsport.’
‘I appreciate fundraising isn’t the most interesting subject in the world, it involves a lot of form filling, putting into words the needs of a worthy cause that is in desperate need of financial support. But for us at Felton Fundraising it is so much more than that; we are privileged to work with a great bunch of people who give their all to help and support some of the most disadvantaged children, young people and adults in the UK. I count many of our clients as close acquaintances and want to do the very best in my work to support their difficult front-line jobs.
But it’s not all work and in my spare time I enjoy gardening and pottering in the greenhouse. Each month I produce the page layout for our local village magazine, usually its over 60 pages long so that keeps me quiet for a few days! However, our two labs are usually on hand for a much-needed break and I enjoy being able to get out and about in our beautiful Norfolk countryside with them too.’
‘I have been working at Felton Fundraising since March 2005, not having worked in the charity sector before, I learnt fast about the charity world and how our work really has an impact on the charities that we work with. I have built up a good working knowledge of the client groups that we work with and my specialist areas include young carers, children and young people, disability, addictions and community work-based projects. I have a good relationship with my clients on a one to one basis, a number of whom I have worked with since joining the team.
I have loved every minute of working with Richard and Sarah and my colleagues, it’s like working with my extended family. Over the last 12 years I have had many challenges in my personal life but coming to work has kept me grounded and has provided me with space to be myself. Having a young family to contend with is challenging in its self but the support I receive at work is second to none and I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. We have a beautiful setting in which to work and we have lots of laughs on a daily basis. My working days in the office are made even better by two four-legged friends (Stella & Daisy) who are great stress relievers and are a good distraction when you just need 5 minutes of thinking time.’
‘When I attended for interview, I was delighted to spot a dog’s bed and learn that a choc lab called Stella frequented the office. I took this to be a good sign as to what my potential employer’s office environment might be like. Imagine my delight when joining the ‘Felton’ team in the New Year, I was met by Daisy, a black lab who had been rescued by Richard and Sarah just a few weeks earlier!
The ‘Felton’ office sits in an oasis of Norfolk country-side where summer lunch times are spent in the garden and winter months by the wood-burner. Whilst sounding idyllic, we are a busy team. I’ve worked for many years in health and criminal justice, the latter in equal measures both in the statutory and voluntary sectors. During my 10+ years working in tendering/fundraising my primary focus has been in education, training and employment, women-led services, criminal justice, domestic violence and social prescribing. I am a member of the Institute of Fundraising. Working to constant deadlines can be quite demanding, but the presence of Stella and Daisy always brings a level of serendipity to the workplace.’
I started my fundraising career in the arts sector, working at Bath Festivals Trust and then Snape Maltings in Suffolk; home of the Aldeburgh Festival. It was there I cemented my love of trust fundraising, ensuring the funding needs of various projects and the year-round musical programme were met from Trust and Foundation relationships. I gained the most job satisfaction from raising funds for participation and education work – making a real difference to people in the community. When I came to return to fundraising after a career break to travel and start a family, I knew I wanted to continue to use my fundraising skills to make a difference. I worked for a small disability charity as sole fundraiser for nearly two years and began to feel the tug of focussing my skills on trust fundraising, once more and here I am. Richard, Sarah and my colleagues are extremely supportive, and it is a very productive and encouraging environment to work in. Knowing that we are helping a wide range of charities to do such amazing work is very humbling and brings a great deal of job satisfaction. And who could forget the daily support from Stella and Daisy – always at hand to bring a smile to our faces as office companions!
I am as busy in my ‘free’ time, as I am at work. I volunteer for Girlguiding UK as a Leader, am a member of the Friends’ Committee at my daughter’s school and when I have the chance, nothing makes me happier than a day’s sailing on the Broads – with the wind in the sails there’s no better way to unwind!
‘I’m in charge of emotional support and am happy to listen to your troubles.’